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Baseball: Warriors rally in sixth for victory

Warriors 7, Tech 3 The key: Brainerd scored four runs in bottom of the sixth to snap 3-3 deadlock Conference: Brd 2-0, SCT 0-2 Overall: Brd 2-1, SCT 0-4 Next: Brainerd hosts Rocori 5 p.m. Thursday. Paul Augustinack made his first hit of the seaso...

Warriors 7, Tech 3

The key: Brainerd scored four runs in bottom of the sixth to snap 3-3 deadlock

Conference: Brd 2-0, SCT 0-2

Overall: Brd 2-1, SCT 0-4

Next: Brainerd hosts Rocori 5 p.m. Thursday.

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Paul Augustinack made his first hit of the season count.

The senior left fielder stepped to the plate with the Brainerd Warriors and St. Cloud Tech Tigers tied 3-3. With runners at first and second and one out in the bottom of the sixth, Augustinack roped a double to center that glanced off the glove of diving center fielder Jake Martig giving Brainerd a 4-3 edge on its way to a 7-3 victory Tuesday at Adamson Field.

"Going up there, I had two decently hit ground balls before," Augustinack said. "I was just trying to relax. We were talking in the dugout as a team that we just need to change it up and relax when we're up at the plate. I felt like I just saw my pitch and took it and put a good whack on it.

"It was a fastball right down the heart of the plate, about thigh high. That's my favorite pitch and I took it for a ride."

Warriors coach Lowell Scearcy, who moved into second place in Minnesota State High School League baseball history with his 708th career victory, said Augustinack is one of those players who finds a way to get on base.

"Paul doesn't hurt you no matter where he's playing," Scearcy said. "We like that steadiness he brings to the team."

Tory Miller followed Augustinack with a 2-run single and Tristan Brecht walked with the bases jammed for the final score in the Central Lakes Conference game. Through five innings, the Warriors managed just four hits off lanky Tech lefty Dan Schoborg, who kept Brainerd off-balance with breaking pitches. But the Warriors capitalized when Schoborg was lifted to start the sixth and sent winless Tech to its fourth loss.

"We started out really shaky in the field, but we're a pretty decent defensive team this year, I think," Scearcy said. "We're strong around the infield, strong up the middle, but in the first we looked a little like the Twins. But after that we fielded pretty well. Our pitchers kept throwing strikes."

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Right-hander Chris Pederson worked five innings. He struck out three, allowed seven hits and three earned runs, but walked none.

Lefty Jack Geraets pitched 1.1 innings, yielding two hits and a walk, and picked up his first varsity win. In the seventh, Scearcy summoned righty Taylor Streiff to the hill with runners at first and second. Streiff blew two Tigers away with blazing fastballs.

"He gives them a change of pace. He gives them more speed," Scearcy said of Streiff. "He's throwing strikes pretty well this year. This was his first time out in a game, but he's been throwing in practice.

"That's the role we're going to try and use him in; use him as kind of a closer. Then he can pitch two or three times a week if we limit him to one inning. That's our plan right now."

In the bottom of the fourth, Evan Brecht reached on an error, stole second and scored on a wild pitch slicing Brainerd's deficit to 3-2. Matt Casperson's RBI single tied it 3-3 in the fifth, scoring Streiff who had crunched a triple to right.

In Tech's half of the fourth, Chase Aleshire's run-scoring single and Martig's RBI triple to deep center off the glove of a diving Evan Brecht put Tech ahead 3-1.

Pederson's groundout in the second scored Evan Brecht, who led off with a single, tying it 1-1.

Chase Aleshire's double in the second scored Tech's Nash Otte, who had singled, with the game's first run.

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Tech threatened against Pederson with one out in the first. Errors on consecutive ground balls preceded Dylan Carlson's single. But Pederson pitched out of it with a fielder's choice at the plate and a groundout.

The win eased the disappointment of Saturday's 3-2, 9-inning Section 8-3A loss at home to Bemidji.

"Against Bemidji that was a tough one," Augustinack said, "but we were ready to play. I think we took practice little bit more seriously (Monday) and Coach got after us. We're ready to face some good opponents and have a good season. We want to make a run again this year."

Tech 010 200 0 - 3 9 3

Brainerd 010 114 x - 7 6 2

Tech: Dan Schoborg, Mike Hilbert (6), Sam Matchinsky (6) and Dylan Carlson.

Brainerd: Chris Pederson, Jack Geraets (6), Taylor Streiff (7) and Matt Casperson.

WP: Geraets (1-0).

LP: Hilbert.

2B: Brd-Paul Augustinack; SCT-Chase Aleshire

3B: Brd-Taylor Streiff; SCT-Jake Martig

SB: Brd-Evan Brecht 2, Allen Jevning

Sac: Brd-Logan Madsen

RBIs: Brd-Pederson, Casperson, Augustinack, Tory Miller 2, Tristan Brecht; SCT-C.Aleshire 2, Martig

LOB: Brd 8, SCT 8

MIKE BIALKA may be reached at mike.bialka@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5861. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bertsballpark .

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